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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Take on New Challenges. Join an Amazing Team. Protect Health and Save Lives.

​​​Join the thousands of health and medical professionals who have made a commitment to protect health and save lives when disaster strikes. From decompressing an overtaxed emergency department to providing the fatality management services that bring closure for friends and families to moving patients out of harm’s way and into hospitals that can care for them, there are many ways that NDMS team members serve communities across the nation, providing the best of care during the worst of times.


Are you ready to make the commitment to serve during disasters and emergencies? Here’s how you can join!

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Step 1: Learn about Serving with NDMS

Before deciding to serve with NDMS, make sure that you understand the responsibilities that come with the position. Serving with NDMS is a serious commitment. Take some time to learn about the NDMS teams and find a team that is right for your particular skills. Next, learn about the commitments that come with serving on an NDMS team. You will need to be available to deploy, be medically and physically fit, complete training, participate in team meetings, and respond to requests for information. Do you think you are up for the challenge?

Step 2: Apply on USAJOBS

Similar to military reservists, NDMS personnel come from private sector jobs around the country to respond as intermittent federal employees during disasters. Before becoming a part of the team, you need to apply for the job.

NDMS advertises and accepts applications for team positions on USAJOBS. If you are interested in joining NDMS, visit and search the keyword “NDMS”. You can save your search on USAJOBS and request to receive updates on a daily or weekly basis. Once you see an opportunity that is right for you, apply to join. Positions typically stay open for about two weeks.

NDMS team members will be selected on criteria including but not limited to an ability to be on-call for deployment for at least two weeks several times each year, work experience, skill level, other team experience, commitment and ability to work in a team setting. Submission of an application does not guarantee you a team position.

Step 3: Applicant Screening

After you will submit your application and supporting documents in the USA Jobs system, your application and supporting documents will be reviewed to verify if you meet the OPM qualifications. If found qualified your application will be forwarded to the Program Selecting Official for their review and then you may be contacted for an interview.

If your application has been selected, you will be notified by the Staffing and Recruitment Operations Center (SROC) by receiving a tentative job offer. If you receive a tentative job offer, you will be guided through the remainder of the federal intermittent employment process. The process includes completion of various federal employment application forms, fingerprinting and a background check, then the official job offer. The application process can take 3 to 6 months to complete.


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  • This page last reviewed: September 29, 2021